If you’re going to travel and get the most out of life, it helps to be resourceful. Where should you buy your flights? Where will you sleep? Which apps should you use? What should you be sure to bring? Or never bring? (Drugs!)
Leaving home means parting from all of your hard-earned, cherished, mostly useless stuff. An opportunity to get away from your job and normal routine to explore somewhere you've never been; and the culmination of many hours spent saving and planning.
We’ve compiled the travel resources on this page to help you make the most of your precious, invaluable time. (unless you’re from one of those utopic countries that gets 300 paid vacation days every year)
When Orville and Wilbur Wright took off in their first airplane, an engineering accomplishment comprised of little more than two strips of fabric and a bit of geometry, there was not a single person in attendance who said, 'Gee willikers! Now if they could make that thing outta metal and put it 5 miles up, I'd eat some peanuts in it!'
No one could have envisioned we'd be flying all over the world, nor that most of us would be crammed in coach, getting our knees smashed by a food trolley. But whatever the pitfalls of commercial flight, to be able to get across an entire ocean in less time than it takes to binge watch a show on Netflix is a wondrous thing.
So the only question is - where are you going to go? If you just need to go somewhere, ANYWHERE - for adventure or law-evasion - then you need to check the Explore page on Google or Kayak. Enter your departing airport and in just seconds, prices pop up all over the map. Click on them to explore your flight options.
For more targeted searches, our preferred search engines are listed below. And since each uses unique algorithms, it’s worthwhile to check more than one before purchasing tickets.
2 last things to keep in mind:
1) If the flight you find only uses one airline, it’s usually best to book directly on that carrier's site; you’ll generally get more comprehensive information on what’s included (or not) with the cost of your ticket and have an easier time customising the flight.
2) Some sites will include results from low-cost carriers, the kind that would charge you for the right to sneeze on board if they could get away with it. So watch out for extra charges.
Recently revamped, Google.com/flights is well worth incorporating into your pre-trip research. It has a quick, minimal interface, with easily-set filters for price, non stop flights, flight times, and more. When you have your itinerary ready, you can go through to book it on another website. Or if you're still at the planning stage, you can save the itinerary, and if you have Google Now on your smartphone, you can receive price updates.Momondo
Sounding like a forgotten 1960s phrase expressing general awesomeness - 'Man, that Hendrix concert was Momondo!!' and with a logo mostly comprised of spectacular sunset colors, this is the by far the coolest place to book flights. It is practically a requirement to have a cocktail that was invented in a speakeasy as you browse. Once you search for your flight, you'll be told what's cheapest, quickest or 'best,' which is the best combination of the two. Like Google, it also has filters for flight departure time and duration, as well as airlines and stopover points.
For dataheads, the site features 'Flight Insight' which comprehensively tells you what factors impact the price of the flight, from airline to how long in advance you book the ticket, all depicted in a cool pie chart. Creating an account lets you save itineraries and receive fare alerts.Kayak
It's unclear why a website that offers flights is named after a small water vessel, but as two-time winners of the World's Leading Flight Comparison Website award from World Travel Awards, they're doing something right. Kayak has the same filters as the previous two entries but among other features also lets you search for 'Hacker Fares' (using one airline for outbound and a different airline for inbound) and even the type of aircraft used. Another useful feature lets you compare Kayak vs several other flight comparison sites within one browser tab.Adioso
Nominated 3 years running for the World's Leading Comparison Website on World Travel Awards, Adioso 'made by nerds with backpacks' says that it's taken six years to build and is 'Flight search. Reinvented for humans.' Their big innovation is allowing you to search with natural-sounding search terms like, 'Flights to Boston in early April for 2 weeks.' Or you can select a date range and for destination choose 'Western Europe' to bring back a page full of alluring pictures of destinations.
Another nice touch is the 'Academy' feature which teaches you how to use the site. You can set fare alerts without having to set up an account. And, not that you'd need it after being on theGo.com, but for travel inspiration, they feature Wanderlists, like 7 Marathons Worth Travelling To, which then links you directly to flight searches for that destination.Skyscanner
A longtime favorite, Skyscanner searches over 1,200 travel sites to find you the best deal. Once you’ve searched for a flight, you’ll get an easy read out of all the possible sites you can book it on, as well as some filters to narrow your search, though not as many as the other sites on this list. You don’t need an account to set up a fare alert.The Flight Deal
Different from the other sites listed here in that you can't search for a flight. The Flight Deal is geared toward more frequent travellers, especially those clued in to earning miles and can tell you what a W-class fare designation means. The site is on the lookout for fares that reward miles, even if they cost more than low-cost airlines, which they don't ever feature due to hidden charges. As the site says, for frequent travellers, travelling is 'a long game;' spending more now to earn miles can save you a significant amount down the line.After
Once you have your flights, you'll need to sort out the odds & ends of your itinerary, so head on over to our friends at Rome2Rio who have a huge database (who says size doesn't matter) that will help make your planning a breeze.
Sorry, you’re going to have to do a little work here, because no packing list is just right for everyone. Having a great packing list that’s perfect for you is something only you can create. Having said that, we’re going to give you a great starting point.
Save our packing list on your computer and print a copy to check off as you prepare to hit the road. When you get home after your trip, modify your saved copy by crossing off items you didn’t need or adding items you wished you had brought.
Men's Packing List
Women's Packing List
Now that you know what to pack, the question is, how do you pack it all?
Here are some tips:
Packing aids are your friends. Compression sacks and packing cubes will help to keep your things neatly organized and accessible. And ALWAYS roll your clothes (as opposed to folding them). Rolled clothes allow for a more tightly packed suitcase, and fewer wrinkles.
Aside from rolling your clothes—which we can’t stress enough—be sure to pack your heaviest items on the bottom of your bag, like shoes (stuffed with socks to avoid dead space). Keeping heavy items low will help prevent upright bags from annoyingly toppling over. The closer the weight is to the wheels, the better.
Always keep your valuables and important items in your carry on bag. Another great habit to get into, if you’re traveling with a partner, is to “share” your bag and cross pack a little. Odds are, if you’re a guy, you just grumbled at the thought of shoes and makeup in YOUR bag; whereas, if you’re a girl, you just started liking this website a lot more. Alas, all it takes is one full change of clothes to be swapped between traveling partners’ bags to greatly mitigate the hassle of a delayed or lost bag.
Check your airline luggage allowances and weight limits before flight day. If you know you’re going to have an extra bag or end up over the limit, call ahead and see if you can pay the fee in advance. Excess luggage fees can be considerably more expensive if you wait to pay at the airport.
With strict weight restrictions for checked luggage, it makes sense to evaluate not only what you’re packing, but what you’re packing it in. Hard shelled bags are heavier than nylon ones, and aren’t always necessary. Lastly, please don’t use a generic black bag; lest you be that person who thinks that EVERY black bag on the carousel might be theirs. Nobody likes that person.
Keep a dedicated toiletry bag for traveling (with travel size liquids if you wish to carry it on). When you return from your trip, restock anything you used and store the whole stocked kit with your luggage. When you’re getting ready for your next flight, you won’t have to worry about packing your toiletries or forgetting your toothbrush. EVER AGAIN.
Some people have the attitude that they'll sleep when they're dead, which is a valid way to live your life until you die early of sleep deprivation-related insanity. It's also equally valid on a holiday to think: I'm gonna crawl in bed and stay there until I get tired from resting.
Whether you're going for muscle atrophy from over-sleeping, or only having a series of power naps amidst a packed schedule, use these sites to find yourself a hospitable place to lay your head. Whether you choose a hotel, hostel, or home share.Hotels
With over 600,000 properties, even the choosiest will find something on Booking.com.Homes
Rooms and homes all around the world on Airbnb.com.Hostels
Checks the two most popular hostel booking sites at once on Hostelz.com. Once you find which price is better, go directly to either site (HostelBookers and HostelWorld) to book it, as Hostelz.com can be a bit more expensive.
You already knew that your smartphone can help you assist birds both Flappy and Angry, as well as Crush Candy in what one might call a Saga, but your smartphone can also be an invaluable travel assistant. It can help you book and organise your trip, it can help you communicate in a different language to endear shopkeepers/attractive people, and it can help you in an emergency when you and said shopkeeper/attractive person have a bit too wild a time.Booking & Organization
TripIt/Tripcase/Worldmate: Rankings of 'best travel planning apps' inevitably include these 3, with no clear winner among them. There are two main selling points that all 3 share: The first is that you can forward all your trip's confirmation emails (air, hotel, car) to these apps and they'll automagically sort them for you. And each app does this very well with basic, single person, Point A to Point B bookings. But as bookings get more complex the apps start to diverge in strengths and flaws. The second selling point is that you can allow loved ones to sign up to receive alerts about your itinerary over email.
XE Currency: The go-to website for currency conversion also makes for an essential travel app.En Route
GateGuru: Quick! You're at the airport and through security - where can you find some overpriced bottled water?! GateGuru can tell you where to find that and will also give you an exhaustive, detailed list of all the other airport amenities.Once You're There
Maps.ME/Galileo Offline Maps Pro: Yes, Google Maps allows you to cache some map data in the app for offline use, but these two apps allow you to fully download maps for anywhere around the world. Maps.ME is free AND open source; Galileo is $3.99.
Bravolol: It's a well-known trick that learning a language is best accomplished via an anthropomorphic bird. Bravolol knows this and has provided a parrot to teach you dozens of languages. Bravolol's language packs won't get you fluent, but they will assist you with common phrases in several different categories like Emergencies, Health or Romance, though we're not sure how successful your romantic inclinations will be if you have to keep talking via phone. The best feature is that once you've downloaded the app, you don't need an internet connection to hear the pronunciations. (Paid upgrades unlock additional categories)
Google Translate: Magical. Open the app, point your camera at a sign, and the app will translate it. It's one of those things you see on a video and think, c'mon, that has to be enhanced for dramatic effect. But then, you try it on something, and it works, and then you spend the rest of the day translating things, no internet connection needed (after an initial download for your target language). When you're through with that, you can then spend another day using the live translate function, which automatically detects which language you're speaking and speaks it in another. Significantly more pleasant than sticking a fish in your ear.
Swearport: Available on Android, a comprehensive listing of cursewords from all over the world, with the delightful option to hear a native speaker accurately pronouncing it for you. If you refuse to swear without knowing the full context and history of the word - this app's got that covered as well, you £$%*(&£$&%!
Emergency Phone Numbers (iOS)/Emergency Numbers (Android): This time, you said, this time you were just going to have a beach holiday. You were going to sit and read the collected works of George R.R. Martin. But then, you thought, what harm could one cliff dive do? Fire up these apps to figure out what number to call in most countries around the world.
Roadtrippers: iOS only but also available from any browser, tell it where you're going and it will tell you interesting, off-the-beaten-track places to go along the way, as recommended by its large userbase.
Vurb: This app collaborates with apps like OpenTable, Uber, Yelp and more to help you streamline your search for things to do. So, if you search for Lombardi's Pizza in New York, you'll be shown a card of information about it, with links to those other apps to help you make an informed decision, all of which open from within Vurb. Once you're registered with Vurb, you can make your own 'deck' of cards to share with others and chat within the app with other users to coordinate plans.
In Louis C.K.’s comedy special, Oh My God, one of his bits discusses the courage women have to have to date men:
A woman saying yes to a date with a man is literally insane and ill-advised, and the whole species' existence counts on them doing it. I don't know how they...how do women still go out with guys, when you consider the fact that there is no greater threat to women than men?
We're the number one threat to women. Globally and historically, we're the number one cause of injury and mayhem to women. We're the worst thing that ever happens to them. That's true!
You know what our number one threat is? Heart disease.
And in a Daily Show bit from 2014, Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper trade off statements about how to handle yourself when you get too drunk at a party. Klepper’s attitude is, watch out for silly antics, Williams’s attitude is far more serious.
Although these are told from a comedic platform, they send a powerful message: It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but women generally have to be more careful than men, travel included.
If we had to condense the advice for women travelling into a Michael Pollan-esque quote, it would be this: “Travel! It’s great. You’ll probably be fine. Take reasonable precautions.”
To expand on that condensed advice, travelling can be an amazing, irreplaceable, life-changing experience. It can also be risky, but then, so many of the best things in life involve risk. The great majority of women that have gone traveling have done so without incident. But just as we lock our car just in case some rude person decides your car should be their car now, taking some measure to minimise risk is worth it.
Here’s some advice for staying safe:Treat your holiday the same as you would a night out
In other words:
—Make sure someone back home knows your itinerary. If you divert from that itinerary because you’re curious what the attractive stranger you met would look like with fewer or no clothes on, let back home person know, and also make sure attractive stranger knows that back home person knows.
—Be careful with alcohol. When you’re in an unfamiliar place, it’s more important to keep your wits about you than to prove that tonight’s the night you ‘accomplish’ 6 tequila shots.
—Tequila shot or not, whatever you drink, make sure it stays in your sight.Pay more for extra safety
Since you’re going to save all that money by avoiding tequila competitions, use it to pay for extra safety.
—Pay for an airport transfer at your destination.
—We know, the feeling of saving £15 on a hotel outside the city centre is an unparalleled rush, but it’s wiser to stay closer to where the action is.Consider these safety items
Although you may call one fist ‘Justice’ and the other ‘Vengeance,’ you may wish to equip yourself with some additional safety items:
—A map. A map made of paper. If you’re not aware, paper maps do not require any internet connection or cell phone battery whatsoever. They're a good backup.
—A whistle. If you feel threatened, don’t hesitate.
—A very loud, confident, scolding yell. If someone is harrassing you, your yell should cause instant shame. If you need inspiration, follow Washington D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes ‘I Will NOT Yield!’ Norton’s lead
—Mace. (NOT allowed in carry-on luggage. And check legality of it in the country you're going to.)
—A doorstop. (It will give you some time to get the mace ready.)
—A money belt or reinforced purse. Some jerks like to cut purse straps and run away with all your stuff. Don’t give them the opportunity.
—A wedding ring and a theoretical husband. In some cultures, if you’re over 20, they’ll think you should be married. Give the impression that you are to ward off unwanted attention. Feel free to mention how your theoretical husband is waiting for you, and boy does he have some trouble with jealous rage.
—A tampon box. Hide some emergency money in it.
—Your documents, in the Cloud. Scan or take a picture of all important documents, especially your passport before you go, and save them somewhere in the cloud, or email yourself.Be a tourist. Also, don't be a tourist
—Wherever you’re staying, tell (ideally female) staff you’re unfamiliar with the area. They can let you know where to go and where to avoid.
—Blend in with the local population. If the other woman are covering their entire body below the neck, now is not the time to slip into that pair of daisy dukes.
—Walk with purpose and confidence. Head up, steady pace, Saturday Night Fever mode.Bring your gut with you and trust it
—If your gut tell you to avoid the attractive stranger, the dark alley, the hotel that you’ve already booked but doesn’t feel right - listen. Your subconscious picks up on a lot of cues.Absorb these lessons and travel anyway
With so many suggestions on this page of how to be safe, it’s easy to feel discouraged. But we have warnings for things because they happened to someone, not everyone. You will almost surely not be that someone.
So, travel! It’s great. You’ll probably be fine. Just take reasonable precautions.
Credit & ATM cards
There are so, so, so many cards to choose from. And specific perks and rules and fees changes so often, it's best to introduce you to Brian, The Points Guy. He has a near fanatical dedication to credit cards and getting the most out of them.
Having said that, our go to travel credit card is the Chase Sapphire. Embed signup
Reading. Do we have to? With all those letters forming words forming sentences forming paragraphs - it's too much! When does it end?! Most of us can only tolerate so much reading before we want to hurl the word-source across the room. But pictures - that's the stuff.
We've all been subject to the clickbait linking you to the 60-picture slideshow of the times when gerbils looked like famous world leaders. If that was 500 pictures, you'd be there all night, admit it. We like pictures. But even more than pictures, we like photographs. A well-composed photograph that captures an image in a captivating way is one of life's great pleasures. Pressing the shutter can take a split second, but the resulting photograph can give you a lifetime of memories.Size Matters
In all MP3 player specs, there's always one that tells you that it can hold, say, 10,000 songs, but they don't say that's only if you don't mind the songs sounding like they're being played through a sock. But unlike your MP3 player, your camera has a variety of quality settings; so select the highest quality possible. Storage is so cheap now, there's no excuse to shoot in lower quality. If your camera supports it, consider shooting in RAW format, which saves the picture without any compression/loss in quality. This will come in handy when you come to edit your photos.Don't Live off the Grid
Even if all you ever do is use your camera in Auto-mode, using a grid can help you compose your pictures in a more interesting way. Most cameras have the option to overlay a grid onto what you're shooting. The grid ties in with the rule of thirds, which basically says that shooting a photo with the subject in the centre isn't so interesting. Therefore, try placing your subject where gridlines intersect for a more appealing shot.Manual for the People
Car purists think they're so cool knowing how to drive a manual transmission, moving that stick thing around and making vroom noises or whatever. Automatic cars will get you to your destination just fine. While automatic mode can get the job done, but learning the manual settings of your camera is essential for taking better pictures overall. There are three settings in particular to understand: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.How Deep is your Field
In Aperture priority mode, you control two things at once: how much light gets into the lens and the depth of field. Aperture is measured in something called f-stops. An f-stop of 1.6 has the lens completely open, while an f-stop of 16 has it nearly closed. Obviously, the more light that gets into the lens, the brighter your image will be. As for depth of field, this refers to how much of the picture is on focus. With a low f-stop only a very small part of the picture is in focus, resulting in an attractive blurred background. This is useful for portrait shots where you want to draw attention to your subject and nothing else. A high f-stop value has a wide depth of field, meaning all of the picture is in focus, which is useful for landscapes. This quick visual guide helps explain.Stop, Shutter Time
Shutter speed controls how long the lens stays open after you press the button to take the picture. This setting also controls two things: how much lights gets into the lens (again) and capturing motion. On a decent camera, shutter speed can range from 1/1000th of a second up to 30 seconds or longer.
A faster shutter speed captures frozen motion, such as this picture of a high speed Ferrari.
Or a longer shutter speed can be used to capture night landscapes, when light is scarce.
In Search of ISO
Aperture priority and Shutter priority are important, but the final piece to the manual puzzle is ISO, which controls the camera's sensitivity to light. ISO settings range from around 100 up to 1600 or above. A lower setting is good for bright environments, while higher settings compensate for low light environments. However, the higher setting you use, the more noise shows up in the photograph; noise being a graininess in the image. This image gives you a good representation. (Make sure to view the image full size)Putting it All Together
With more and more practice, you'll start producing pictures that are worth the proverbial 1,000 words. You wouldn't want to read them, of course, but still. Get shooting.–Jason W
Change is hard. If you want to change your diet, you may have to break a lifetime of habits, like the one where you eat salty things to celebrate accomplishments, like getting home from work. Want to change your weight? You have to exercise, and exercising is so much harder than staying on a couch that's purpose-built for you to lie on in your underpants.
Change is hard. Making a change to your photos - not hard. Just click a thing, slide a slider, and you can wind up with a dramatically improved image. Of course you're thinking "What changes can I make? and do I have to get off the couch?". The answers to those questions are: Lots of changes, with free/almost-free software. And of course not, but please put on pants; you are a human being with dignity.You are NOT a Professional
Do you think that a flashgun means a gun that you can shoot real fast? Then you're not a professional photographer. And since you're not a professional photographer, you don't need Photoshop to edit photos. For most people, all you need is something like Photos for Macs, Microsoft's picture editor that comes with Microsoft Office, or an online service like PicMonkey (www.picmonkey.com). Photos and PicMonkey are free. Since there are so many different options for photo editing, this article means to show you good photo editing practices, but not how to specifically do it. Do some trial and error in your program of choice and you'll learn in no time.Keep Your Originals
Comic book collectors buy two of each comic - one to keep pristine for future sales and one to read. So, aside from explaining the intricate differences between the Marvel and DC universes, these nerds can also teach you the most important lesson in photo editing - keep the original photo, edit on a copy.On the Level
In some cases, it's very artsy to tilt your camera before taking a picture. You can subtly indicate that something is off kilter about your subject. Or you can tilt to better capture a bicycle traveling downhill. But sometimes all you're capturing is that you were drunk. Curb your artistic enthusiasm/inebriation by straightening your photos.Crop Top
You intended to take a picture of a beautiful butterfly but captured all that boring nature stuff as well. Crop your picture to take out ugly, distracting, or unnecessary elements of the picture. IMAGERule of Thirds
In photography, the rule of thirds means two things. It means that you take a third fewer pictures of each additional child you have, but more commonly it's a rule designed to give your photos an interesting composition. When your subject is in the very centre of the frame, it often makes for a boring image. However, when you go to crop your photo, most programs present you with a grid composed of 9 boxes. In general, placing the focus of your picture where these grid lines intersect makes for a more interesting photo. Use any natural lines in your photo - like roads or power lines - to draw the eye toward your off-centre subject for a more compelling shot.Let There be Light
Although you can lend yourself an air of mystery and intrigue by lurking in the shadows, it doesn't necessarily make a good picture. If your subject is underlit, play around with adjusting lighting: Explore brightness, highlights, shadows, and contrast. For some practice, you can find all these in the Exposure heading on PicMonkey. Try it out here.Sharper Image
Explaining image sharpening is easy: it's when the computer does some kinda magic computer thing so your pictures don't look soft. Sharpening helps make details on your photos pop out, but like all photo adjustments, subtle changes are much better than dramatic ones. (If you want to know more than you ever thought possible about how sharpening actually works, go here.)–Jason W
GET TRAVEL INSURANCE. Sorry for shouting, but seriously: GET TRAVEL INSURANCE.
Remember that part in the introduction about all the time and hours it took to make your trip happen? For a mere fraction of what you've already paid for your trip, you can get it all insured. If something happens, forcing you to cancel, whether before or during the trip, you are likely to lose most of what you paid for already. Not to mention potential medical bills. So GET TRAVEL INSURANCE. This British site has all the information you need to understand what travel insurance is about. And when you're ready to book, read some in depth reviews on your options, to make a final decision.
'Budget' could be a subjective term, depending on your current financial situation. If you're Virgin's Richard Branson, coming from the $60,000+ a night Necker Island—which you own—budget may mean staying in a 6-star hotel with only one Dom Perignon filled bathtub. For the rest of us, budget means as close to free as possible, without resorting to sleeping on the streets. (kidding, Sir Richard, we really like you here)Sleeping
Hostelz.com checks two of the most popular hostel booking websites at once. Once you find which price is better, go directly to either site (HostelBookers or HostelWorld) to book it, as Hostelz.com can be a bit more expensive. Don’t tell them we told you.
Alternatively, check out TrustedHousesitters.net, one of the more popular networks of people who open their homes for housesitters. A great way to stay in some nice places for a while, for free. You might even get to look after a cute dog.TEFL
Do you know how to talk good? Do you want others to talk good to? Did you know both of those sentences should have said ‘well’ instead of ‘good’; and ‘to’ should have been ‘too’?
Then maybe you can teach English around the world through TEFL. You'll have to invest some money initially to get certified, but your reward is getting paid to stay in some farflung location while you help people.WWOOF
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms allows you to go wwoofing, which isn’t quite as canine as you might assume. Work at farms all over the world in exchange for lodging through WWOOF.
Why is the sky blue?
A few reasons, really: The sky is blue because of light wavelengths, because of angles, because of the Earth's atmosphere, and because your eyes tell you it is.
We have to start with white light first. As we all know from staring at the cover to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, white light isn’t really white; evidenced as it breaks up into its rainbow components whenever it passes through a prism. The sun's light is also white (despite our propensity to draw it as yellow), and therefore comprised of a rainbow (spectrum) of colors. One of those colors is, of course, blue.
Light moves in waves, and so do all the colors within it—each of which has a different wavelength: Red waves are long, blue waves are short. And light wavelengths will continue to travel in a direction until they encounter an obstacle. The Earth's atmosphere is a minefield of obstacles in the form of oxygen and nitrogen atoms. The short blue waves collide with these obstacles a lot easier than the longer-waved colors, and as they do so, they're scattered about the atmosphere.
And how do we see that color? You may remember that we have rods and cones in our eyes, millions of them. Rods deal with light and motion, cones deal with color. Non-colorblind people have cones set up to receive blue, green, and red. Any color that you can make from combining those three colours we can also see, although we have an easier time distinguishing blue. So between the high amount of blue scattering and our particular color vision, we see the sky as blue.
There’s *so much* rich, informative, exciting, inspiring, and well-written content here - where should I start?! By the way, and this isn’t pertinent to my question, I just had to stress again what a wealth of amazing content there is.Oh my goodness, thank you so much to the very real person that asked that question. Best place to start - fill out your profile. There’s a lot to do there, so don't attempt it all at once. Anything you're unfamiliar or unsure of, check out the specific page for that item and you can make an informed decision there. The more your profile is filled out, the better we can help you match with other people that share your passions and dreams.
What is the meaning of Life?The answer to this question is, of course, 42.
Beyond this, theGo encourages you to experience as much of life as you can. And while you’re at it, try to be nice and do good deeds.
I noticed that when I look at other people’s profile pictures, there’s something about me matching with them. Is this a dating site in disguise?!This is not a dating site in disguise. Your experiences, insofar as you’ve entered them, are compared to other people’s: The more you match, the higher the percentage you see. Of course, we think by virtue of you both being on this site, even at a 1.4% match, you’ll get along just fine.
We just want to show you—at a glance—who you have the most in common with. Having said that, if you find love on here and decide to get married, we DEMAND to be invited to your adventurous wedding.
Hello, I’m a notoriously grouchy person, so I have come to this site with considerable scepticism bordering on hostility, which leads me to my question: why am I here on this site when I could be watching cat videos or whatever?Here at theGo, we are huge fans of cat videos. Huge. We would never tell you not to watch a cat video. Cats try to act all regal and above it all, so it feels so good to watch them get taken down a peg. Or, when they try to balance on a peg, fall off that peg. But look, notoriously grouchy person, you’re here to share your life’s adventures and passions. And in return, other people will share theirs with you. What do cats share? Hairballs and dead mice.
Why can’t I comment on other people’s photos?You can’t comment on other people’s photos because we are still deciding on how we want comments to work on this site. We know as well as you do that elsewhere on the internet, comments sections bring out the absolute worst of humanity. And we would rather this site represent the best of humanity. When we figure out what commenting method will support that, we’ll happily add the functionality.
I’m in a very comfortable chair which has molded itself to the shape of my bottom. Why should I go anywhere or do anything since I won’t be as comfortable?Did you know that other countries also have chair technology? Some people don’t know that and that’s why they stay home. And yes, we realise that Google Earth is magical. But it’s the MOST magical to experience another place while standing IN that place. Or even while sat down on a comfortable chair in that place! It gives you perspective on where you live and makes you feel connected to an entire globe of people, all of whom seek to have a comfortable bottom.
How do planes not drop out of the sky?! They’re so big!It’s just our old friend physics, proving that math is actually useful for ONCE. Even if you don’t know much about physics, you probably know 3 things:
1) There was a guy named Newton, an apple dinged his head, and instead of eating it he figured out gravity
2) Newton made some laws of physics, especially the very relevant 3rd one that says, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”
3) Einstein had some crazy hair
Let’s look at that second point, Newton’s 3rd law. Planes are battling against two forces: Gravity pulling them down and air resistance (drag) pulling them back. To defeat the drag, like most cable news shows, plane’s engines blast out a constant stream of hot air, creating thrust and forward motion.
As for overcoming gravity, forward motion allows wings to produce lift. Wings may look flat, but they are slightly more curved on the top than the bottom, and tilted back slightly. Because of that shape/tilt, as air moves over and under the wings, it creates pockets of lower pressure above the wings and pushes them down against gravity, keeping the plane up in the air. If you want a more thorough explanation - with pictures, here you go!
Why doesn't this site display #hashtags?When hashtags were first created, they were a brilliant innovation that solved the problem of how to find relevant tweets, which crystallised around the use of #sandiegofire. It turns out that when you’re looking for information about a force of nature that could consume all your earthly possessions, you want that information fast. Of course, hashtags are still used this way, but increasingly they are used to make parenthetical statements or jokes, which are generally a waste of time and not funny #lifeistooshortformeaninglesshashtags #life #blessed.
That being said, theGo does allow you to tag your posts, fulfilling the hashtag’s original purpose of bringing like-minded people together, but hides the tags away, preventing hashtag abusers from inflicting hashtag misuse on others. #pleasetagresponsibly #yolo
Why do some countries drive on the wrong side of the road?The short answer according to this fascinating history is that almost everyone drove on the left to start with, back when driving involved *actual* horsepower: One hand on the reins, the other (usually right) hand on your sword. But over time, mainly due to politics or revolution, this changed. Now, 161 countries or territories drive on the right, with the other 75 driving on the left.
Most of the left-driving countries are remnants of the British empire. But just because you start off on one side, doesn’t mean you have to stay that way. Several times in the last hundred years, countries have entirely switched which side of the road their people drive on. Most recently, this happened in Fiji in 2009. One of the biggest happened in Sweden on September 3, 1967, on a day with a name that just rolls off the tongue: Högertrafikomläggningen. It’s fascinating to read about the logistical challenges involved, which you can do here on Wired.
How old is the Earth?About 4.54 billion years, give or take many millions of years.
How do we know? Radiometric dating. Some rocks contain radioactive elements, which decay over time and form new substances. Science people figured out how to measure these substances to determine any given rock’s age. They kept measuring until they found the oldest rocks on Earth (in Western Australia).
The Earth will potentially be around for another 4ish billion years, at which point the Sun will begin its long process of dying off. As part of that dying off process, it will get even hotter, burning away all life on earth. Even if Earthlings figured out how to block that heat, the sun will actually grow so large it will engulf the earth completely. But hey, don’t worry about it, all humans will be long extinct by then anyway.